Biography of James Kelley
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Kelley, James, was born in Cornwall Bridge, Litchfield county, in 1841. He is of Scotch and Irish descent. His father, Perry Kelley, was born in Ireland, and came to this country in 1S32; at one time he owned the land where the city of Rome now stands; he died in 1892; his wife, Mary (Gibson) Kelley, was born in Scotland, and died in 1893. James received his education at the common school in Pittsfield, Mass., and went to work in a factory in that place when he was very young; in 1857 he entered a shop to learn the machinist's trade. At the time of the Civil war he went south as an engineer, and after the war came north and went to work at his trade in the Boston & Albany Railroad shops in Greenbush. In 1869 a copartnership was formed with John Knowlson, jr., the firm name being Knowlson & Kelley, which has since existed. They have an extensive machine repairing business and manufacture all kinds of stationery engines, which are second to none in the market. He is a prominent Mason of Troy, being a member of King Solomon's Lodge, F. & A. M., Bloss Council, Apollo Commandery and the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, and also a member of Green Island Lodge of Odd Fellows. In 1866 he married Miss Annie Blaco of Columbia county, by whom he has two sons.

From:
Landmarks of Rensselaer County
BY: George Baker Aaderson
Published By: D. Mason & Co. Publishers
Syracuse, NY 1897


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